Religious garb / jewelry in the classroom?

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  1. catnfiddle

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    A major part of me is coming back to practicing me Jewish faith. I've finally found a synagogue I like in this city and will probably join shortly. However, I'm concerned about wearing my Star of David in my classroom. Would it be seen as a political statement by others? The rest of my faculty knows of my faith because I worked through Yom Kippur but was still fasting during the day. Also, aside from one student who wears a hijab, I believe the student population is Christian. I don't want to completely alienate them, but at the same time, I want them to be aware that there are other points of view out there.

    Thoughts? Experiences?
     
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    I see no problem with it,as long as other teachers wear religious items. I'm also more comfortable with discreet religious symbols, and less comfortable with shirts with religious scriptures.
     
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    Yes, if other teachers are allowed to wear a cross, I see no issue.
     
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    I believe the student population is Christian. I don't want to completely alienate them

    As a Christian, I like King David :)
     
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    To cant imagine this being a problem. Wear it proudly!
     
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    Thank you. In previous careers (retail, banking), I had been advised against wearing my Star during work hours.
     
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    I don't see a problem with it. You might be asked about it by kids, which I see as a teaching opportunity. Diversity is beautiful and I think it's great that kids learn about other religions from an academic standpoint.
     
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    I have a cross that I wear on a necklace. It is not big, but I can only think of a handful of times I took it off in over 25 years. When it isn't on I feel just weird. Lol. I never had a problem with anyone when I wear it.
     
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    I think it is who you are and you shouldn't need to hide that. How will others take it? I doubt anyone will have a problem with it, but it is impossible to know for sure. I am Catholic and I know I wouldn't mind anyone wearing a cross, star of David, or any simple piece of religious jewelry of any faith.
     
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    I don't see a problem keeping a small, unobtrusive necklace or piece of jewelry, as long as you aren't going out of your way to point it out to students.
     
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    I probably wouldn't think twice. it's a nice symbol of faith, plenty of religious people wear something or other. As a religious person myself, I think it's nice to see people wearing their symbols of faith.

    And, geez, if kids can't handle a bit of religious jewelry in the classroom that doesn't bode well for their futures.
     
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    It's on. Literally, I'm wearing a small necklace. Doubt anyone will notice this morning. They're coming back from a holiday weekend and are half asleep.
     
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    If anyone says anything then it is religious discrimination and no one wants to go there.
     
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    I wear a cross necklace and there's no problems, and several teachers have religious posters by their desk or bible verses etc
     
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    I don't often see Christian people as having any issues with Jewish people. They're mostly at odds with Muslims, and would be more likely to complain if you were to wear a hijab. However I do know that some Muslims who have opinions on the Palestine/Israel conflict might have some issues. If they are not a large portion of your population, I don't think there would be any reason to refrain from wearing it, but it's a good idea to weigh how different people might react to be ready just in case.
     
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    Wow... suspended? Geeeee. As long as it goes across the board religion-wise with the suspensions.
     
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    Personally, I think this is a non-issue.
     
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    Yeah! I don't doubt Ed, but wow, what a rule. Suspension! That sounds like a rather paranoid culture to me.
     
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    Sounds like religious persecution no matter what religion screws up and bares their emblem. BUT I guess devil worshipers would be able to show off their garb no matter how gruesome it might be.
     
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    I wear a cross every day that is visible but small enough that it probably isn't noticed by most. I think no one would bat an eye in my district if you wore your star. I hope those in your district don't make you uncomfortable to wear it.
     
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    Two days of wearing my Star have evoked no comment one way or the other so far. I'm originally from PA, so perhaps it was a thing there that has me concerned?
     
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    That makes sense. I guess I still see suspension as too big a consequence, though. What if the jewelry or other religious item accidentally slips out?

    Yeah, I'm probably going to crazy town on the what-if thing and I'm sure most people handle this reasonably, so I'll shut up now.
     
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    My P and AP have both seen my necklace without incident. My students aren't freaking out. I'm going to close this thread with many thanks for the support.
     
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